West Moreton system

‚ÄčThe West Moreton system runs over 314 kms between Rosewood and Miles.  The West Moreton system adjoins south-east Queensland in the east at Rosewood and the far-west section of the Western system in the west at Miles. Various branch lines of the Western system also run off the West Moreton system.

The system links rail services from Brisbane to the west and south west of the state and is a major artery to the Darling Downs (via the Toowoomba Range).  

Historically the system catered for passenger, livestock, freight and agricultural products (e.g. grain and cotton) with the first section of railway line in Queensland, between Ipswich and Grandchester, opening in 1865.

Now, thermal coal is the predominant product originating from and hauled on the West Moreton system. Grain also originates from and is hauled on the system.

While coal carrying train services commenced in 1982 from mines located just west of Ipswich (Brisbane Metropolitan Region), railing of coal from the Wilkie Creek mine began in 1994, with Macalister as the loading point. Following the development of the New Acland mine, railings from Jondaryan commenced in 2002. The final Surat Basin mine utilising the West Moreton System, Cameby Downs, began operations in late 2010 with train services transporting coal from Columboola.

The West Moreton system is operated from the Brisbane control centre using two safe working systems - Remote Control Singalling (RCS) Rosewood to Willowburn and Direct Traffic Control (DTC) Willowburn to Miles.

Traffic to and from the Western and South Western systems, including the Westlander long distance passenger service, travels across the West Moreton system. 


To apply for access on the West Moreton system, please see the Access page.

Information pack

The West Moreton system information pack contains a general overview of the system, including climate information, a description of the railway and track, as well as infrastructure and rollingstock operational constraints.